This nation, as well as all of Eastern Europe, owes a debt to that generation that can never sufficiently be repaid. We are free because they fought, were wounded and died for us. Those who came home were greeted as the heroes they are/were. Unfortunately, the later effects on their minds and personalities of the things they saw and did were not recognized at the time. Many WWII survivors, such as my father and uncle, never spoke much about their experiences until late in their lives. Some never recovered their former lives.
Many others of later generations have since fought other wars. Some of them (Vietnam) were not universally welcomed home and recognized for their sacrifices, others (Korea and the Middle East) have been recognized to a lesser or greater degree. All who serve our country should be recognized for their service regardless of the “popularity” of the conflict or the “spin” by politicians and the media.
We now recognize PTSD as an after effect of combat and are belatedly working to help our heroes deal with it and return to “normal” lives after their service.
Personally, every time I see a member of the armed services, a law enforcement officer, or other serving in public safety I thank them for their service,p. If I can’t speak to them in person, I say at it in my heart and mind.
If you have served or are serving, Thank You for my freedom and safety. If you have not served, remember that others have sacrificed for us and thank God for them and ask Him to bless them and their families.